General Education Draft Plan Ready for Review
Date: April 7, 2000
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: Campus News
The first draft of a revised General Education program for all
students at UC has been presented to the General Education
College-Based Committee, which includes representatives from all
colleges, professional practice and the libraries.
Education Faculty Oversight Committee presented it to the
representatives on March 31.
Oversight committee chair Ann
Twinam says the draft received a very positive response. The two
combined committees, known as the General Education Task Force,
will now publicize the proposal and seek feedback from faculty
throughout the university concerning the draft.
member David Lee Smith has posted the draft proposal, a graphic
describing General Education, as well as accompanying explanatory
materials on the General Education web site. The site also
provides a venue for faculty to respond to the plan. Committee
members emphasize the posted revisions are a draft only and have
not been finalized.
Key proposals of the new plan include:
An emphasis on the development of four baccalaureate competencies
essential for every UC graduate: critical thinking, effective
communication, knowledge integration and accountability to
A switch from an exclusive, course-based focus to
emphasis on the overall undergraduate learning experience.
Emphasis on flexibility and respect for the distinctiveness of
various programs and majors.
Academic units/colleges will be
responsible for the identification of courses and experiences
that fulfill the requirements of general education.
of student fulfillment of the baccalaureate competencies will be
fundamental to the plan and will become the responsibility of the
colleges. The university has until April 2003 to show campus-wide
implementation and assessment of the revised General Education
program. A detailed draft of the revised General Education program can be found on the web. Faculty can
offer comments and suggestions by contacting the General
Education e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org.